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Thousands of Greeks protest into the night

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 01:23

May 27 - Thousands of Greeks of all ages remain into the night in a central square in Athens, setting up camp for an anti-austerity protest. Sunita Rappai reports.

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A sea of bodies take over a square in front of Greece's parliament. More than 10,000 Greeks remain into the night on Athens Syntagma Square, across from Parliament, protesting against government reforms. The demonstration, organized through social networking site, Facebook, is in its second day. With the government announcing further austerity measures this week to reduce Greece's crippling debt, many Greeks are worried about the future. They also want wealthy and corrupt politicians to be held accountable. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) PROTESTER, PANAGIOTIS, SAYING: "We all need to get organised and show the government and the entire world that we care and that we are not passive receivers of all the things they are trying to push to us. All the people must come down here and demonstrate." The government is currently struggling to slash deficits to meet targets outlined by the European Union and International Monetary Fund in exchange for a bailout loan. Sunita Rappai, Reuters

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Thousands of Greeks protest into the night

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 01:23